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The Center for Native Grasslands Management

Title: Rediscovering Native American bamboo and its potential role in water quality
Year: 2002
Author(s): Skaradek, W.
Source Title: Proceedings of the Third Eastern Native Grass Symposium
Source Type: Proceedings
pages: 300
Original Publication:  
Abstract: River cane, switchcane, or native bamboo are two species of bamboo native to the North American continent. Their range extends from Maryland to Indiana, Florida, and Texas. The species were once widely distributed throughout the southeast. Cultivation, burning, and grazing have destroyed the extensive stands called canebreaks. Loss of the canebreaks may have played a role in the disappearance of the Carolina parakeet and the Bachman’s warbler. In the spring of 1999, the Cape May Plant Materials Center of the USDA, NRCS began a project to assist Native American groups restore canebreaks. The center has collected plant material and developed propagation techniques. The results of this study will be applicable to streambank stabilization and riparian buffer projects in which native bamboo has a role.
Publisher: The North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill, NC, October 1-3, 2002. Omnipress, Madison, WI
Editor(s): J. Randall